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Food Prices to Double by 2030

International NGO focused on poverty, Oxfam, warns that the price of staple grains will more than double in the next 20 years, increasing by as much as 180% by 2030 for some crops such as maize. Climate change will cause much of the increase, followed by population, energy, and resource demands, Oxfam says. http://www.gbcghana.com/index.php?id=1.407227  

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Natural Resources Institute Published Two Reports on PHL

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) published two reports on reducing postharvest losses of cereal grains, focusing on the need to tackle losses in Sub-Saharan Africa and the effects of climate change on loss. http://www.nri.org/news/2013/

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Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the report, ‘Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business’, at their recent symposium in Washington, D.C. The report sites reducing loss as an essential element to sustainable intensification of agriculture. The Council also covered postharvest loss in a commentary piece leading up to the event. http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/UserFiles/File/GlobalAgDevelopment/Report/2013_Advancing_Global_Food_Security.pdf

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IFPRI Strategy 2013 – 2018: Food Policy Research in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) published a strategy report for the next 5 years in food policy research. Their first strategic area is ‘ensuring sustainable food production’, which encompasses reduction of waste within the food system. Read the full report here, or see highlights here. http://www.ifpri.org/publication/ifpri-strategy-2013-2018 Full report: http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/gi40.pdf Highlights: http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/strategy2013hl.pdf

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High Level Consultation (HLC) on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition in the Post 2015 Development Framework: Joint Chairs and co-Leads Synthesis Report

The High Level Consultation on Hunger, Food Security, and Nutrition in the Post 2015 Development Framework published a vision report on how to sustainably end hunger, insecurity, and malnutrition by 2025. Their pathway outline includes three main components: 1) sustainable and resilient food production and consumption, 2) good nutrition for all, and 3) agents of transformation. http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/post2015/sites/post2015/files/files/Synthesis%20document%204th%20April.pdf

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Feeding 9 Billion: What Research Do we Prioritize to Find Solutions?

Cross-sector representatives met in April for the first Food Security Futures Conference. Participants discussed how to accomplish the wide array of food security goals on the international agenda, and agreed that public and private research is essential. The conference produced a list of priorities, one being to develop better metrics for evaluating food systems. http://www.ifpri.org/blog/feeding-9-billion-what-research-do-we-prioritize-find-solutions

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United Nations Launches Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific

On April 29, the United Nations launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific, where nearly two-thirds of the world’s chronically hungry people live. The Zero Hunger Challenge has five objectives, and one is the reduction of postharvest loss. http://www.unescap.org/news/united-nations-launches-zero-hunger-challenge-asia-and-pacific

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National Action against Hunger Crucial in Post-2015 World

At a high-level meeting on the post-2015 MDG strategy, FAO Director-General Graziano de Silva stated that national leadership from governments is crucial in assuring that food systems are “more efficient and equitable”. http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/04/05/national-action-against-hunger-crucial-in-post-2015-world-fao/

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World Environment Day

This year’s theme of the United Nations Environment Programme World Environment Day (WED) is “Think, Eat, Save”, which is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages people around the world to reduce their environmental footprint by saving food. Exhibition activities will be held in Zimbabwe, and initiatives will be coordinated worldwide by WED […]

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CGIAR Research Program Lists “Big Facts” about Food Waste

The CGIAR Research Program offers a compiled report of the most authoritative research on agriculture and climate change. The report lists “big facts”, visuals, and graphics on various topics, including food waste. http://ccafs.cgiar.org/bigfacts/food-waste/

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